On Tuesday, the Costa Mesa City Council will appoint a new member to fill the unexpired term of Katrina Foley, who has joined the Newport-Mesa school board. I would urge the council members to fill the vacancy with a person who has displayed a genuine commitment to the well-being of the city: Chris McEvoy.
McEvoy narrowly missed being elected to the council this past November, despite having mounted a small-budget, no-frills campaign. He represents a fresh, independent voice, untied to special interests or conflicts of interest. I hope the council members will see these qualities for what they are and resist the temptation to select instead someone who agrees with them. Costa Mesa doesn't need lockstep conformity on its council; we need reasoned debate and willingness to consider multiple viewpoints.
I ask the council members to do what's best for Costa Mesa — not what's best for politics. Please select Chris McEvoy to fill the vacancy on the City Council.